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Kikuyu grass (Pennisetum clandestinum), kikuyu for short, is a summer growing turf-forming perennial. In the absence of winter frosts and with sufficient summer moisture it remains green all year round. It is a vigorous and aggressive grass spreading by means of prostrate above and below ground stems rooting at the nodes. Some selections and recent introductions of this species are fertile and produce seed. The seeds, when eaten by stock, can be widely spread in their droppings.
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Pennisetum clandestinum, South west region (W.A.), Western Australia.
Agronomy and Crop Sciences
Sprivulis, R. (1978), Kikuyu grass : establishment, management and utilisation in the south west.. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin.
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